Meek Mill's lawyer says judge has vendetta against rapper, JAY-Z slams sentence ruling
More reactions to the much-discussed decision.
Earlier this week Meek Mill was sentenced to prison for two to four years in prison by a Philadelphia judge for violating probation terms of his nearly decade-old gun and drug conviction. Judge Genece Brinkley ordered the rapper to return to prison after he failed a drug test and adhere to travel restrictions for the sentence. In several reports, Meek Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has suggested that Brinkley has a personal vendetta against the rapper. Examples of which, according to the attorney, included the judge asking Meek to remake a Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” and shout her out, as well as wanting him to leave Roc Nation to sign with a friend of hers.
“She’s enamored with him,” Tacopina told Billboard this week. “She showed up at his community service for the homeless people. She showed up and sat at the table. She’s a judge. You could pull any judge in America and ask them how many times they’ve showed up at a community service for a probation and the answer is zero.”
Meanwhile, the support continues to pour in for the rapper, as the hip-hop community has come together in solidarity to publicly react to the news. Last night (November 7), JAY-Z, who recently shared a powerful Facebook post about the situation, interrupted his concert at the American Airlines Center for the Dallas stop of his _4:44_tour to further lament on the subject. “I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” he told the crowd. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now, he’s been on probation for 11 years. Fucking 11 years. Judge gave him two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a fucking wheelie.”
Meek Mill had been serving probation since he was convicted in 2008 on charges related to the possession of guns and drugs. He served eight months in prison and five years on probation, which has stretched several times. In 2016, he was placed under house arrest for 90 days after he performed at a concert without court approval.
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